Steven R. Miller

September 27, 1946 ‒ October 12, 2021

Fredericktown, Ohio

Steven Raymond Miller (Doc Miller) passed away peacefully at UH Parma Medical Center, in Parma, Ohio, on October 12, 2021. He was born September 27, 1946, and just celebrated his 75th birthday, which made him one of the oldest people with Down Syndrome in America. He was the son of Fred Newman Miller and Dora Jane Ann (Cole) Miller.

He is survived by his brother, Howard (Ruby) Miller of Fredericktown, OH, and was preceded in death by his brother, Harold (Bonnie) Miller of Johnson City, TN, and his sisters: Helen Miller of Nashville, TN; Juanita (John) Fisher of Birmingham, AL; and Kathleen (Max) Schonauer of Fredericktown, OH. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He taught us all so much about the developmentally disabled, and he was very much loved.

Steve enjoyed growing up on the farm near Waterford, Ohio. Then upon his father and mother’s deaths he lived with his sister, Kathleen, and brother-in-law Max Schonauer on the farm outside of Fredericktown. When they were no longer able to care for him, nephew Jim (Jackie) Schonauer cared for him in their home. Stevie loved Jesus, family gatherings, and John Wayne.

Thank you to the staff of REM Group Home, in Loudonville, OH, they became his home away from home.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Steven Raymond Miller.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.”

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

 

  • My sympathy is with all the family I was one of Steve’s care givers at REM Ohio we are all really going to miss him here in loudonville I loved it when he would just sing happy birthday so clearly outta the blue 💙 he always enjoy his peanut butter sandwiches and his orange pop 🧡 and he always loved chowing down on some McDonalds sending my hugs too you all!

  • I have such fond memories of Uncle Steve growing up. I used to love going down in the basement at Grandma Miller’s house and seeing all of his toys, as well as his doctor’s equipment, supplies, and books. His attention to detail in setting everything up just right was truly remarkable! I also have great memories of playing basketball with him at family gatherings, and watching Western movies with him and Grandma Miller. I used to mow Grandma’s yard during summers when I was in high school, and had some of the best visits with Grandma Miller and Steve when I was finished. Those are truly some of my best times growing up, and I am so blessed to have those memories to reflect back on.

    I am also very thankful for the care and attention that Aunt Kathleen, Uncle Max, and Cousin Jim gave to Steve after Grandma passed, as well as the entire Schonauer family. Thank you as well to the staff in Loudonville who cared for Steve toward the end of his life, as well as the doctors, hospital staff, and others who provided comfort to Steve in his last days here on earth. God bless you all.

  • I have had some priceless memories over the years with my uncle Steve.
    I had been a care giver for 38 years. I was given the pleasure during that time to assist my parents in their home for nine years with Steve’s care. I was Steve’s companion, friend and over saw his recreational outings.
    After my mother was no longer able to care for Steve I assisted my brother Jim and his beautiful wife Jackie with Steve’s care in their home, until he recently moved to REM in Loudonville. A beautiful home with excellent staff. 🙏🏼❤️
    Steve gave us all unconditional love. He taught me to slow down.. to savor a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, eat a Milky Way to brighten your day, have a glass of cold orange crush and some lays chips, that cured about anything in Steve’s world.
    He loved to dance to country music.. several of the family members would go to his school dances and dance until we could barely move.
    He loved going to the Grand Ole Opry. Oh he was fun! We saw the band “Sugarland” perform before they became famous. And we danced💃🏽🎶🕺🏽
    Going out to eat was Hugh for Steve he loved big cheeseburgers, Red Lobster and Bob Evans.
    Once while at Bob Evans Steve waved the manager over to our table .. I had no idea what he wanted to ask her! To my surprise…. He proceeded to ask for an application. 😊
    At that time Bob Evans bus boys were mainly working with some form of disability and he watched them work often ..
    so he had a small interview with the manager a wonderful chat and then we took the application home to mom. He never did apply for that bus boy job but he wasn’t afraid to express his desires.
    He was an artist. Coloring or drawing a picture to cheer friends and family members. My brother Jim has the best art piece Steve ever made and he has it framed ..
    Steve desired to be a doctor ..
    So he became our Doctor in the family! “Doc Miller”
    Before u left his home he would ask “what time do u want your next Dr. appt. he had his own office in home and Dr. coat.. the usual opening times in his words were
    “noon thirty” or “5:10”. .. precious appt times..
    during your Dr. appt. he would take your temp., check your knee reflexes, check your heart, give u a shot and on a good day he would give you the best shoulder massage.. he was a good listener if u needed to talk. He saved quite a bit of money from family members having his Doctor practice.
    We use to travel some.. mainly to a relatives home in Alabama .. where his niece Janet Wallace put us up in a beautiful suite .. we ate good food and he liked playing in the pool.. he loved visiting his sister Helen Miller and daughter Lisa Ann in Nashville Tenn. he was all about taking a trip anywhere! .. (back in those days) the pilots would greet him as he entered the plane show him the cock pit and pin an airplane on his shirt. He felt so important.. He was the BEST date a girl could EVER ask for!
    I will remember everything he taught me …. And cherish the love that he gave back to me..
    He taught me to love each other unconditionally and always be kind!
    He was one of the biggest blessings to our family. A true angel🙏🏼😇❤️
    Until we meet again Doc Miller!
    “I LOVE YOU AS BIG AS THE SKY!”
    Niece Paula Schonauer

  • It was wonderful to know Marla’s Uncle Stevie, he set an example of living like a child loved by Jesus, uncomplicated by the complex worldly cares most of us have.
    Stevie loved to dance and it was amazing to see him unabashedly inspired by tunes he liked on several occasions. He had a keen sense of humor! Marla and I took Uncle Steve and nephew Nick Cunningham to see the first Shrek movie. Steve loved getting popcorn and he loved the movies. On the way home I asked him if he knew who the donkey in the movie was and he said, “Eddie Murphy.” I was quite surprised he would even know Eddie Murphy, let alone that he played a cartoon donkey in the movie. So I asked him if he knew who the donkey’s wife was…. He said, without missing a beat, “She’s Mrs. Murphy Morgan!”

  • To the Miller and Schonauer families: Please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time. Steve was my first cousin once removed. Growing up, I remember going to my Great Aunt Dora and Great Uncle Fred’s house with my dad. No matter how long it had been since Steve and I had seen each other, he always greeted me with a bright smile and a cheerful, “Hi, Peggy!” Later on in life, even if it had been years since he’d seen me, Steve always greeted me the same way. He never forgot my name.

    During his entire life, Steve was surrounded by the most loving family anyone could ever have, which I’m sure contributed to his happy life and longevity.

    Steve was special in so many ways. He touched me and everyone he met with his gentleness and kindness. I will remember him always.

    God bless all of you for taking such good care of him. May he rest in peace.

    Love,

    Peggy

  • To Stevie’s family. He always was the greeter with a smile and a hand shake and called me by name no matter how long it had been since we last met. He was a gift that will be missed by all.

  • Howard & Family,
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brohther, Steve.

    It has been a number of years since meeting him,but I remember what a caring individual Steve was.

    Hold your memories close to your hearts as they will get all of you through the days,weeks & months ahead.

    (Note: Son of Herb & Betty Hoffman, close friends of Harold & Bonnie….from Mt. Gilead)

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